How to organize your kid’s stuff- Inside a professional organizer’s home

Organized school papers

Kid’s stuff- there is often a lot of it and it tends to be everywhere it shouldn’t be!  Between dealing with all their toy’s and the clothing that they are either destroying or growing out of, organizing a child’s possessions … Continue reading

Inside a Professional Organizer’s Home: The Laundry Closet

Organizing a laundry closet

Anyone ever heard of a laundry closet that also serves as an office space? If not, now you have!  My laundry closet also serves as our office space.  Since we don’t have space for a separate office, we use our … Continue reading

The Basics of Organization

Ever feel overwhelmed by the thought of getting organized? 

Do you look at your closet, basement, or kitchen and think: Where do I even start?

If you answered “yes” to either questions then rest assured, you are not alone, and I am here to help!

There are three basic parts to getting organized:

1). Have a “home” for EVERYTING.

By everything, I really mean everything!  No more random drawers for “junk”.  This can sound daunting but by no means am I suggesting to set a day or two aside and begin to create a home for everything.  Like all goals you should be “S.M.A.R.T.” about them:

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Most importantly, break down your organizing goals into small attainable parts.  For example, start with one drawer, not your entire desk!

Lastly, each “home” should be contained.  In other words, use a box, tote, organizer, individual little container, file cabinets/ folders, etc, to contain the items in their designated home.  There are many suggestions for this on Pinterest and via the container store.

Visit our Pinterest board for ideas!

2). Label, label, & label some more!

Labeling is the step that most people skip.  Having your containers labeled serves multiple purposes.  First, it helps you to remember where your “homes” are for your stuff.  No more getting frustrated when you need something quick but can’t find it.  Secondly, it helps those you live or work with to know where everything is.  I rarely have my husband ask where something is anymore because I have most of our containers/spaces labeled.  (Notice I said, “most”.  Hey, no one is perfect!)  Third, it saves you time, unnecessary stress, and money.   You will no longer have to replace items you already own because you will know where to find them!

3).  Maintain it!

Practice makes progress and time helps to develop good habits.  Set aside a time everyday to put things away.  Over time, this will become habit.  Also, be intentional about putting everything back in its home once you are done with it.  This can be a 10-30 second behavior that can save you a lot of grief and stress at the end of the day.

The bottom line is this: Be intentional about your organizing habits.  Be intentional with where you place items (give them a home), label their homes, and choose to maintain those homes by returning items to their home either when you are done with them or at the end of the day.

Up for a challenge?  Pick one small space or drawer and begin to organize it!  What will you want to tackle first?